An ergonomic workstation is that ensures lesser fatigue, injuries and stress. It promotes welfare for all the employees. The workers’ performance can be improved by adding simple steps that can help ensure that the workstation is ergonomic. The worker’s feel active, fresh and work harder when the environment is as such because they can get rid of their daily aches and pains. Here are some simple steps that can prove quite useful in converting the regular environment of your workplace into an ergonomic one to ensure welfare of employees:
- Sitting Posture
The sitting posture plays a major role in making your workstation environment ergonomic. You need to ensure that your arms and shoulders are relaxed as your upper back rests against the chair’s support. The feet should also be flat either on the ground or on the footrest. Ergonomic chairs provide the facility for easy movement and intuitive operation. The chair automatically fits your body’s needs with dynamic recline as well as lumbar support. The armrests of such a chair should also be connected to the back so they move with you as you recline.
- Typing Posture
As typing is the most important job in an office so you also need to know that your typing posture is in no way less important than your sitting posture. The position of the keyboard should be about 1 or 1.5 inches higher than your thighs. You should be careful enough to rest your palms and not your wrists on the palm support. Try to place the mouse as close to the keyboard as possible as it will avoid anchoring your wrist on the desktop. The keyboard trays with negative tilt should be selected as they provide adjustability that helps keep the wrists straight in order to prevent injury.
- Use of Sit and Stand Desks
Sit and stand desks allow adjustment of the desktop, according to your position that is higher when you are standing and lower when you are sitting so that you do not feel any sort of pressure on your body. As expert ergonomists say it is important to stand for 15 minutes after every complete hour of sitting. It is advisable to look for a sit and stand desk which adjusts easily without much effort so as to avoid injury or a strain.
- Monitor Arms
The arms of flat screen monitors are also important for adjustment of the screen at the right angle. Monitor arms that allow ultimate stability and effortless functionality help make the workstation ergonomic. The workstation automatically becomes more comfortable and dynamic as they support a healthier and more comfortable working posture that relieves the employees from any aches or injuries.
- Laptop Stands
Laptops can cause real discomfort for frequent users so laptop stands are a very useful instrument that not only helps hold the laptop in an ideal position so as to ensure your posture stays ergonomic saving you from the laptop hunch but it also provides an additional keyboard which can be used easily without disrupting the ideal posture.